San Diego Livin’

I had a conference I needed to attend in SD and hubs came along to chill and study!

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I really tried to be present and mindful during the three days and two nights we were here. I didn’t want to be focused on getting a decent pic that I missed the scenery, so to speak.

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Or miss cute little guys like this walking around…

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That being said I did get some snaps of our date night and other random meals.

The first thing we ate in SD was this sandwich. It was a reuben and although it was delicious I couldn’t finish my half! I was so nervous about the conference. I’m definitely one of those people that if I’m nervous I can’t eat!

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That night we went out to dinner with some of my fellow conference goers. I didn’t get any pics of our grilled octopus or surf n’turf, but it was yummy. Instead I enjoyed the conversation and savored the ambiance.

I had breakfast at the conference. Pretty basic dish of potatoes, scrambled eggs, fruit. I had green juice and coffee. #allthebevs

The 2nd day was 8 hours and we were fed lunch here. It was Mexican fare and pretty good. I snagged a couple of desserts for hubs and I for later!

We got to have a sweet little date night at Sear Sucker.

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We started with the beef tartare which was a first for both of us. It was flavorful and meaty. It was served with potato chips. The chips added an incredible crunch to contrast the smoother texture of the meat.

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For our main we shared the short rib and we ordered Brussels and fries as our sides. It was a pretty incredible meal!

We walked around Gaslamp and enjoyed the lights and sounds.

The next day was our last day of conference. I enjoyed the same breakfast.

By the time I was done, B had packed up. I changed into some comfy joggers and we headed out to LA!

Before getting back on the road we decided to stop for lunch at Meze. It’s a pretty highly rated spot on Yelp.

We ordered this shrimp dish that was flambeed tableside. It was one of my most favorite dishes I have had at a Mediterranean spot.

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We also had the cilantro jalapeno hummus. You guys, this hummus was incredible. It is the best hummus ever!

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Our main was a combo plate with shrimp, beef, and lamb.

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Needless to say we were full, but still needed dessert.

We stopped by a nearby ice-cream spot and shared a cup of some cold and creamy deliciousness. We got the Abuelito and birthday cake.

The Abuelito was like a chocolatey cinnamon flavor and it was delicious!

We hit up a Costco for gas and headed home after this! We spend the rest of the day unpacking and getting ready for our upcoming work week and Philly/NY trips!

Thanks for coming along you guys! What are some of your favorite spots in SD?

Oh the food we will eat…Pizzeria Mozza

Okay, if you have been reading my food blogs for a good period of time you will know we LOVE pizza. Our favorite types are NY style and Neapolitan. I’ve been craving a good Neapolitan pizza for a while and our go to place is usually Midici.

I wanted to spread our wings a bit and check out a pretty popular spot on Yelp-Pizzeria Mozza. We somehow ended up being able to get same night reservations for 2 at 8:45pm on a Saturday night-we called at 8:15pm. I was ecstatic!

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We arrived and the place was filled with chatter and cheer! Seriously everyone was super nice and friendly. We got seated quickly and glanced over the menu before being torn on the appetizers.

We opted for the carrots with coriander and dill yogurt topping and fried squash blossoms stuffed with ricotta.

The carrots came out first and were hand down some of the best carrots I have ever had. They were pretty oily, but all the textures created a very satisfying carrot bite. The carrots were soft from roasting, but had great flavor. There were these strips of fried something on top of the pile of carrots, and on top of that this cooling yogurt dill sauce.

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I had never had a squash blossom, but these were tasty! The outside was light and crunchy and the inside soft with the ricotta.

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For our pizza we were torn between the Margh and the squash blossom. We went with the squash blossom! It was really good, but before I could finish my first slice I hit a wall and could not eat another bite. We boxed up the remaining two slices and I had them for breakfast the very next day.

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I really enjoyed the slight bitterness of the squash blossom and the creamy contrast from the ricotta. It was essentially the fried squash blossom dish on a pizza minus being fried.

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We had a really great dinner at Pizzeria Mozza and I would recommend checking this place out. It’s fun and friendly and delicious! What more could a girl ask for?

 

Roasted Veggies and Cookies

I feel like this title pretty much sums up my life-I love veggies and I love cookies and in order to be a fully functioning me I need both.

We just can’t seem to get enough of roasted veggies. Spring has sprung, but cooler evening temps has me still wanting warm foods so instead of having a salad or steaming my vegetables we’ve been roasting them into golden brown (slightly charred…okay a lot charred) perfection!

Burgers and fries? Nahhhh roasted carrots, broccoli, and brussels will do just fine πŸ™‚

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Nothing goes better with salmon then some perfectly roasted vegetables! This is the pretty plate hubs made me so I could take a pic! He is the sweetest ❀️

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This is the plate I ate!

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Is morning too early to have roasted brussels? I didn’t think so either πŸ˜‰

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Leaving the nutriently dense part of this post and entering cookie land now πŸ™‚ Hubs heard about how good these Dunkers from Trader Joe’s were. I spotted them while getting groceries the other day and impulsively added them to the cart.

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I’m not a crispy cookie person, but there’s something oddly enjoyable about these for me. I think I may prefer the mini chocolate chip Nantucket cookies from Pepperidge Farm over these, but I can’t say I regret buying these. I will be attempting to finish the package…not all at once!

Now for a cookie type I do enjoy-chewy, melty, and filled with chocolate chips.

We made this recipe and used these incredible Guittard baking wafers. These are some expensive chocolate chips, but we tried a few while baking and LORDYY were they the best chocolate “chips” I’ve ever had.

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They are not chocolate chip shaped instead they are rounder and flatter. They do great at layering that chocolatey goodness into your cookie.

These cookies turned out incredible! We still have cookie dough in the fridge and it’s killing me to not pick up a spoon and just dig in to it.

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Are you guys cookie dough people or cookie people? I LOVE a good cookie and have always enjoyed cookie dough, but after this I can see why people could enjoy the dough more than the cookie. Let’s talk in the comments about your current food loves/obsessions!

OOTD Deconstructed: Spring is Here

After all the rain and cold I’m happy for promises of warmer temps and sunnier days. It has me having all the feels and ready for dresses, jumpers, and skirts! I’m definitely not an OOTD person, but I love putting stuff together and I thought it would be fun to do a deconstructed version of the OOTD.

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The fun yellow overalls are light yet perfect for those cooler spring nights. They have pockets and lemme tell ya…I love a good pocket! I really loved that I got it from TJ Maxx for less than $20 πŸ™‚

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I paired it with this navy and white floral bodysuit from Forever 21. It was on sale for $8 when I went looking for them and so I snagged this one and a plain white.

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I found these at Old Navy by absolute accident! They were under $8 and I thought the yellow would match the overalls so perfectly πŸ™‚

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I couldn’t help but wear this beautiful necklace from FabFitFun mostly because it’s my current favorite accessory. It’s just so pretty!

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I love a good classic white sneak and these are from Steve Madden. They are used and loved and so easy to pair with anything!

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Do you like overalls? Do you prefer more fabric-y ones or do you prefer a sturdier denim? Let me know in the comments!

Anniversary Weekend

This post is a little late, but with work and all I didn’t have the time to get this post up until now! Better late than never? πŸ˜€

We actually started our weekend off Friday evening with Panera, CAVA, and Go Greek for dessert.

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After that we headed to the movies to watch Us.Β We love Jordan Peele and his movies, but LORD did this one scare the living bejeezus outta me! I think I cursed more while watching this 2 hour movie than I ever have in my whole life and TMI, but stress sweated like it was my job!

That being said I don’t enjoy scary movies in general, the previews featured before the movie were mostly all other scary movies, and I did burrow my face into hubby’s arms more times than I would like to admit!

After watching the movie we went home and watched some light hearted Netflix shows until we were sleepy.

Saturday, after running some errands we headed to Unheard LA. It’s this show where locals come and tell local stories. It’s put on by a radio station and it was pretty good-some were funny, some were tear-jerkers. The best part? It was totally free!

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Hubs had made reservations at Running Goose. We have run across this restaurant many times on Yelp when searching for places to eat, but brushed it aside. It’s a tapas restaurant and this being our first tapas experience we were not sure what to expect!

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I don’t know why we were so hesitant about trying this place out. I mean, I’ve talked repeatedly about how much I love trying a few bites of a bunch of different dishes. How did I not put two and two together and see how obsessed I would be with tapas??

I’m done lecturing myself…on to the food!

We basically ordered all their popular things starting with the corn tostada. I was surprised that it was a cold dish, but thoroughly enjoyed it. It was light, fresh, and crispy!

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The cod churros were described by our lovely server as “adult fish sticks” and that is exactly what they were! Crispy outside, fluffy inside. Impossible to hold up because they broke apart, but delicious!

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Brie which came with apricot compote, roasted garlic, roasted pepitas. It was served with these crunchy pieces of toast. It was sweet and savory and gooey!

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Our last savory item was the salmon belly sandwich. Even though we were warned it was spicy and it had a good chance of being spicy with the kimchi and jalapeΓ±os it was not spicy! It was really delicious and savory!

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Lucky for us our server stopped us here (we ordered all this at once) and told us that was probably the perfect amount of food for 2 people and we could always order more later. She was absolutely correct-it was the perfect amount of food and left enough space for dessert πŸ™‚

Coconut white chocolate bread pudding with salted caramel ice-cream caught my eye and I couldn’t unsee it so that is what we got! The crunchy outsides and soft insides, the hot and cold-it was all glorious and I need one now!

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After dinner, we walked around the area and explored before heading to Target for a few things and then home. We stayed up a little bit watching shows before I fell asleep and we headed to bed!

We didn’t have plans for the next day so we worked out and went to try a new brunch spot-Claudine Kitchen and Bakeshop.

I ordered the Smoked Salmon Lox on Toast Bowl (yes, I know I was confused as well) and hubby did a create your own omelette. We ordered a malted milk pancake to share because #breakfastdessert

My bowl had a LOT of lox, tomatoes, cucumbers, pickled shallots radishes, capers, a boiled egg, and whipped lemon cream cheese. It came with a piece of multigrain toast. It was honestly so good! I was unable to finish the lox so hubs helped me out πŸ™‚

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I did not try the omelette, but it came with salad and hash browns and you know I tried the hash browns. I couldn’t resist! SO good!

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The pancake was the star of the show in my opinion, but hubs did not think it was as amazing as I did. It was a little cakier and more flavorful than a regular pancake. It drank up all the syrup and LORDY was it just the most amazing pancake I have ever had!

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After breakfast we walked around and spotted a Home Goods/Marshalls combo and went in. We looked around trying to find a bread proofing basket to no luck and then tried to find a dutch oven. We did find a dutch oven, but didn’t know it was a dutch oven which lead to more stores until realizing our mistake and returning to ANOTHER Home Goods to buy it.

After all the running around we were pretty beat! We chilled around for a while and by that I mean doing some meal prep for the week which included making our current favorite Green Goddess Dip.

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After all of that we finally got around to our new Sunday tradition. Burger night! I feel like every Sunday for a while now we’ve been making burgers and roasted veggies. I’m kinda loving it!

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I honestly cannot remember what we had for dessert, but we had an early night since we both had work the next day. I know it was a long post so if you made it this far all the high-fives to you!

 

Cookie Jar

Okay, so we don’t have a cookie jar, but if we did it would be overflowing. Unintentionally, we went on a cookie adventure of sorts these past couple of months. It was all kicked off by hubby ordering cookies from PDX Cookie Co.

It was Valentine’s, he knows I (we) love cookies so it was super sweet and so were the cookies πŸ˜‰

After ordering cookies from 4 different companies I thought it would be fun to come and share with your our favorites and lesser favorites.

PDX cookies were incredible-straight from the tupperware container they were send in they were super good. Warmed up even better! honestly could not tell you which flavors we had because hubby ordered them. There were 12 cookies, 2 of each flavor and was about $47 after tax and shipping. Despite being filled with candies, cookies, and other goodies the cookie base was still delicious. The texture had crunchy edges and a soft and chewy interior. I know I preferred the chocolatey and peanut buttery ones, but the hubby did love the pink ones filled with frosted animal cookies and other deliciousness.

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After reading a cookie box review online I ordered Bang Cookies. The writer of that review said that the salted chocolate chip cookies at Bang were better than Levain’s. I ordered 2 salted chocolate chip, PBJ, kitchen sink, white chocolate mac, and double chocolate. This was definitely the best in terms of pricing. At the time if you got 6 cookies you got free shipping. I paid the least for Bang Cookies out of the companies we tried-I believe the total was $27 or $28. In terms of taste, I have not had Levain yet, but these salted chocolate chip cookies were incredible. They were chewy and melty (we warmed them in the microwave) and incredible! All the cookies were amazing, but the chocolate chip were my hands down winner!

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I ordered Big Fat Cookie after reading the same review page. These were the #1 best cookies on her page. Price wise these were around $32 after shipping and tax. These cookies were big and fat and filled with all the goods. I ordered Nuckin’ Futz which all had peanut butter of some sorts whether through reeses or pb chips. There were 4 cookies in a pack and they were heavy 6oz cookies. These were good, but I don’t think these were the best. It’s a cookie (good) filled with delicious candies and chocolates (good), but I didn’t have that eye roll to the back of my head moment with these. Maybe I’m crazy?

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The last cookie company we tried was Fat and Weird Cookie Co. These may have been the most expensive per cookie, but we were intrigued. If you’re curious they were around $25 for 3 cookies. I know hubby had a hard time even being able to order because they would sell out so quickly! Needless to say we felt pretty accomplished when we finally placed an order!

When the cookies came I will not lie we were a little disappointed by the size. I’m not sure if you can tell, but these were the smallest cookies of the four. In terms of taste they were subpar even if you don’t take price into consideration. When you do consider price these were a fail!

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If you were to try any of these cookie companies I would recommend PDX and/or Bang. I thought they were equally delicious in different ways. PDX had interesting mix-ins and were a nice chewy, fat cookie. Bang cookies felt like a classic cookie in terms of appearance (still chewy and thick) and taste. In terms of pricing I do think it’s an experience situation and not every week/month type thing. I also think these would be great gifts if you know a cookie lover!

Let me know if you guys have ever tried any of these cookies and what you thought OR if you’ve had other cookies shipped to you which ones you love.

Let’s Chat

Get your coffee, tea, wine, snacks, etc and let’s catch up, yeah? First of all, happy April! 2019 has already been very exciting and there’s more fun and excitement to come πŸ™‚

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I think I had mentioned somewhere that we may be moving out of the LA area for hubby’s new job (remember the TX posts?). Well, we will be heading a couple hours away from LA to San Bernardino County! We are feeling excited, nervous and a lot of other emotions. I am super proud of him and everything he has accomplished! I got lucky, he’s hot and smart πŸ˜‰

Due to those changes we are going to be adults and have to sell our house! It’s crazy and we’re a tad nervous about it and it will be a learning experience. After doing a little looking around I think we’ve found our realtor so that’s one thing checked off, now for the other half a million things. #adulting

With that move comes figuring out where we should move to and whether I should stay at my current job or find a new one. Lots of pros and cons to both, but I’m leaning towards not commuting and finding a position in the area. I’m bummed that I may be leaving a great group of people, but again I am so proud of B (refer back to paragraph 1).

Speaking of work related things I had been encouraged by my Director to apply for a leadership conference and I actually got it! We will be traveling to San Diego for 3 days at at time for that and I am over the moon. I know it’ll be a great learning/growing opportunity.

In terms of stuff coming up, we do have some fun travel plans. First to Philly where B has a conference. I’ve always heard what a cool place it is to explore and you guys know I travel to eat so stay tuned for possible philly cheesesteaks.

Oh! From Philly we head to NY! I cannot tell you how excited I am for this trip! NY is definitely a place B has been wanting to revisit and I’ve been wanting to visit. The sights, the food, the vibe-I’m bursting at the seams to see, taste, feel everything and being able to go and explore Philly before is like sprinkles on an ice-cream cone!

I’ve talked for long enough so I’m cutting myself off here. I hope you guys enjoyed this catch-up! What’s going on in your life? What’s new? Any travel plans? Let me know!

 

Some shopping I did

I love hauls, but I wasn’t sure this qualified as a haul. I recently made some purchases from Sephora, TJ Maxx, and Forever 21, but it’s a few stores and I really only got a few things.

I was needing a refill on my favorite concealer so I decided to do some online Sephora shopping and we all know how that leads to a lot of money spend on things we didn’t know we needed.

I do love this NARS radiant creamy concealer. It’s always worked for me and it looks great! It works for brightening up my under eye or concealing a spot and that’s all I can ask of my concealers!

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I ended up adding my birthday gift to this order so I wouldn’t have to go in to an actual store. As a skin care lover it was easy to pick out the Drunk Elephant deluxe sample. I’m curious to try it out! It’s also excellent for travel πŸ™‚

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Another deluxe sample I was able to add on was this Alt-retinol from Ole Henriksen. It’s something I had looked at it before and thought it would be interesting to try, but kept putting it off because of the price tag. I’m curious to try it in this size and see if it makes a difference! Fingers crossed my skin loves it!

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I was running low on my Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery and initially I was just going to reorder more of the same, but I decided to do some looking around and found this Herbivore Orchid Youth-Preserving Facial Oil. I figured I would try it out and if my skin loved it I could keep it other wise I would just return it and find something else.

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I love that Sephora includes samples with their packages and I ended up getting this Youth to the People Face Wash and Black Opium Perfume. I’m not sure how I feel about the Black Opium quite yet, but maybe it’ll be another favorite?

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That was it from Sephora, but I did do some in store shopping at TJ Maxx and Forever 21. From TJ Maxx I picked up these fun, yellow overalls. They have pockets and I thought they would be perfect for that spring to summer transition time. They are cottony so they don’t feel as heavy as a denim overalls which I love!

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To go with my overalls I wanted to find a couple of body suits. I had actually eyed these a couple weeks prior at Forever 21, but when I was trying to figure out how to style the overalls they came back to me. I got a navy blue floral and a basic white. These were soft and very fitted!

Let me know if you’ve tried any of the Sephora items I got and if you loved or hated them! Also, body suits? Do you love them or hate them? These are my firsts so I’m curious!

Cake and Carbs

Hi all! Welcome back!

This is a post with some tasty food pictures that have no rhyme or reason, but I found in my phone and wanted to share. It’s mostly cake and carbs, but who doesn’t love cake and carbs? Amiright?

Toast with “chicken salad” (rotisserie chicken+green goddess dip)

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Chocolate cake

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Omelette with bread

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Pineapple and coconut cake

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Bread basket

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Marble cake

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I hope nobody is on a diet and everyone is eating bread and cake because life is better with all the carbs and cake, yeah? #eatyourveggiestoo

Fab Fit Fun Spring Box

Besides all the other wonderful things hubs did and planned for my birthday, he also got me another Fab Fit Fun box.

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He did some add ons this time around which were a fun little surprise! I thought it would be fun to share the unboxing and show you guys the add ons πŸ™‚

Add on numero uno was this necklace which came the day before the box arrived. It’s the Pisces symbol. I’m definitely a dainty necklace/jewelry gal and although this Pisces symbol is bold I loved the delicate chain and the beautiful gold details.

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The second one arrived in the box and were the deluxe Murad samples. He knows how much I love skin care and trying new things and added this!

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Now for the actual box!

This season’s box had this gorgeous short sleeved floral robe! It will definitely be perfect for the warmer months and I am so looking forward to wearing it! It feels light and soft and I love the pattern.

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This champagne body scrub is something I am excited to use and see how much I like it. I love the packaging on it too-so pretty!

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I don’t use a lot (or any) product in my hair other than my regular shampoo and conditioner. I do put coconut oil in my hair once a week as a deep conditioner and wash it off, but I am a little intrigued and scared of this Ouai leave in conditioner. The smell is nice, fresh and clean. I’ve currently pawned it off on my husband, but I may have to try it out!

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Tula isn’t a skin care line I’ve heard a lot about, but this probiotic wash intrigues me. I’m interested in looking into it before using it, but it’s always nice to have a back up of face wash!

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The box came with this beautiful necklace as well. It’s a lovely light chain and I love the bar with the white stone in it. So pretty!

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I have yet to use or find an eye cream, ointment, anything really. This box included a Dr. Brandt eye de-puffing gel and I am curious to see how it works and what it will do.

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I broke a favorite pair of my sunglasses a while ago and I’ve been on the hunt for something similar. Even though this is a little different I am so excited about these Quay sunglasses. I’ve heard great things about them and they look so fun on!

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This last product is definitely one of my favorite things in the box. The Lavido lotion with mandarin, orange, and bergamot smells so delicious, fresh, and clean I just can’t get enough!

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That was the Fab Fit Fun spring box! Let me know if you get Fab Fit Fun and what you got and if you did any add ons!